reply to post by purple girl
Your take seems to fit very well, IMO. Having watched nature for many years, I can assure you that the sex drive is not species bound in many
instances. It can even be noted in species as different as dogs and cats.
Again we return to the "disgust" some /many people feel towards the idea as a reason the scientific community has shied away from this. Even for
most scientific minds, the "animalness" of the Neanderthal is a stumbling block that bars them from being considered true people.
However, it seems logically evident that Neanderthal and Modern Man were either separate species that took a similar evolutionary path, or the same
species in distinctly separate points along that path.
Now it would bolster the idea of intelligent life forming "often", given the right environment, if the two turned out to have come from a separate
origin. This in turn speaks volumes for the possibility of life being widespread across the Universe. Even to the idea that intelligent life would
seek the erect, bipedal form.
If it is the other road, where the same species had a significant portion take a giant leap forward past their kin, we are left with a great deal of
speculation on how this occurred so swiftly, as Modern Man appeared almost overnight, anthropologically speaking. What was the "spark" that pushed
one portion of the population to accelerate in such a manner beyond the skill and understanding level of another portion.
Now I realize that in the latter scenario many will be inclined to point out that humans took the Industrial Revolution as a major stepping stone
upward at a time when there were humans living on earth in an almost stone age existence. But this idea falls apart for two good reasons.
While Modern Man was embracing the Machine Age and another portion was living as Bushmen, there was no distinct divergence in body form as there was
between the Neanderthal and Modern Humans. And at any point, a Bushman could be taught the skills of the Modern Age, provided he were started early
enough in his life to be in a learning phase.
So we are left with a mystery. Either "something" caused a fundamental change in both the body type and thought process of a portion of one line of
what has led to modern humans, or two separate lines arose. But if two separate lines, then we have the additional question of where did this
overnight wonder that is modern man come from, for there is no evidence of a separate ancestor line.